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Dr Sarah Hawkes
Institute for Global Health
30, Guilford Street
  • Reader
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am Reader in Global Health, and lead a research theme analysing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender, sexuality and health. I have lived and worked for much of the past 20 years in Asia, where I have gathered evidence, built capacity and helped develop policy for programmes focusing on gender, sexual health and rights. I work closely with national governments, civil society organisations, research partners, WHO and UNFPA in Asia and the Middle East. From 2012-1014 I was Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in International Public Engagement, and focused on the use of public engagement in policy processes. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research focuses on the following areas:

> Empirical evidence analysis and conceptual framework development for improving sexual health and promoting, protecting and realising human rights in relation to sexuality

> Exploring the link between gender and health, and analysing institutional responses to gender in global health.

> Analysis of how empirical evidence is used in decision-making processes in global health priority-setting, policy formulation, and programme implementation. 

My work is funded by a variety of donors including EU, Wellcome Trust, ESRC and the UN. 

Teaching Summary

I am co-organiser of two modules on the Masters in Global Health - Sexual Health, and Power and Politics in Global Health. 

I supervise PhD students, particularly those who are interested in gender, sexual health, and the politics of decision-making in global health. 

01-JUL-2009 Reader in Global Health Institute of Global Health UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Tropical Medicine London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1993 DTM&H Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – Tropical Medicine London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1989 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University College London
1986 BSc Bachelor of Science – Sociology as Applied to Medicine University of London
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